As an upperclassman just beginning in the field, it seemed like all of my peers were light-years ahead of me. I was overwhelmed with this “I’m never gonna catch up” feeling, and I have a feeling some of you are too. Now that I have a year under by my belt, I want to throw out some tips and tricks for those who are just starting their PR-lives.
Volunteer, attend events around campus or in GR, join PRSSA, and meet people! A huge struggle I had last year was “How am I supposed to find an internship if I don’t have experience?” Volunteering is the easiest and most rewarding way to gain experience and meet new people, not to mention giving back to the community.
Start writing regularly
Write, write, write! If you don’t already have one, start a blog and write about your experiences. Or head over to therapidian.org and sign up to be a citizen journalist. This little piece of advice is something I wish I had taken a year ago. Creating content is something that only gets easier with practice, and I wish I had fit in a lot more practice at this point!
Fake it ‘til you make it
I cannot tell you how many times in the past year I have had moments when I really just wanted to go home and skip the networking event, committee meeting, etc., because I felt too underqualified to be there. But about this time last year, I decided to just fake it. So when those moments arose, I put on a smile and pretended I knew exactly what I was doing. And I’ve learned this: I’m more likely to regret not going than going.
I hope these tips are helpful in some way! Happy start to the best school year yet, Lakers!